We have written at some length on the Steele (more properly Hillary, since she paid for it) dossier, and made mention of a second compiled by former Clinton Operative Cody Shearer, both of which found their way into the hands of the FBI/DoJ. The third dossier was compiled by the State Department under former Secretary Lurch John Kerry. This was reported back in March of 2017 in the Baltimore Sun:
Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin received classified information about Russia’s involvement in elections when the Obama administration was attempting to disseminate that material widely across the government in order to aid in future investigations, according to a report Wednesday … Obama officials were concerned, according to the report [in The New York Times, below], that the Trump administration would cover up intelligence once power changed hands.
Sure, they were concerned…
This is now a proven fact as Judicial Watch has, and has published, the documents thanks to a FOIA suit.
Documents Reveal Obama State Department Provided Classified Records to Sen. Ben Cardin to Undermine President Trump
Press Release, Judicial Watch
‘The Obama administration was attempting to disseminate that material widely across the government in order to aid in future investigations’ – The Baltimore Sun
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 42 pages of heavily redacted State Department documents containing classified information that was provided to Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. The documents show Russian political interference in elections and politics in countries across Europe.
In March 2017, former Obama Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas admitted that there was surveillance of President’s Trump’s campaign and leaking of intelligence information. She encouraged people in the administration and on the Hill to “get as much intelligence as you can before President Obama leaves [office] … I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more … That’s why you have the leaking.”
There are two possibilities, neither of which reflects well on Mr. Kerry nor on the State Department under his direction. The first is that bona fide Foreign Intelligence Estimates were intentionally transmitted via non-secure means to persons not cleared to have that information. The second is that, as with the Steele/Hillary dossier, a thinly sourced collection of opposition research was covered in lipstick and sold as Foreign Intelligence Estimates.
One imagines we’ll be hearing rather a lot more about this third dossier’s provenance and accuracy in the days and weeks to come.